Thanks to commenter RJ for alerting me to the news that the SSPX is finally threatening to take action against Bishop Williamson.
The final straw it seems, is Williamson's decision to sack his existing lawyer for the upcoming court case on his holocaust denying remarks, and replace him with one with clear neo-Nazi links.
As RJ points out in his comment on my post on a liberal dissenter, expelling the bishop is overdue, and doing it a lot earlier could have saved all (genuine) traditionalists, and many others, from the Pope down, a lot of trouble.
The fact that the SSPX are finally taking action, though, is a very positive sign.
But while I applaud the Pope's attempts to save souls by returning them to unity, and strongly agree that every attempt needs to be made with thsoe who stand so near to full communion with Rome, I have to admit I remain pessimistic about the chances of reconciling the SSPX.
But then again, who would have thought we'd see the day when a concrete timetable for bringing in 5 Anglican bishops, perhaps 50 priests and 500 or so of their parishioners put out by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales? It is looking to be a very good coming Easter indeed for the Church. And that's only the first wave....
Of course, it could all have happened thirty years ago had Pope John Paul II been as willing to stand up for true ecumenism as Pope Benedict XVI...